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Hercules Mesothelioma Lawyers

Hercules mesothelioma lawyers represent individuals and their families who live in Hercules or were exposed to asbestos within the city. We offer hope to families whose lives have been tragically and irreversibly affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.



Hercules is a diverse and multicultural city in Contra Costa County, in the San Francisco Bay Area of northern California. Hercules began its existence as a quintessential company town and has grown into a community with nearly 25,000 residents

17,000 acres including what is now Hercules was part of a land grant given to Ygnacio Martinez for his service as the commandant of the Presidio of San Francisco. The property bordered San Pablo Bay.  By the late1800’s, the Central Pacific Railroad and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad ran through the area.

In 1879, the California Powder Company bought 44 acres in what is now Hercules to use for its explosives manufacturing.  The area’s relative remoteness, as well as its proximity to the bay and to the railroad were important factors in its purchase.  The company manufactured explosives including dynamite, black powder and TNT.  The main plant would be built in a ravine, to protect the area in case of accidental explosion.  In December, 1900, with a population of less than 100, Hercules became an incorporated town, and was named after the company’s product, Hercules Black Powder.  The explosives manufactured in Hercules played an important role during both World wars and in the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, when sections of San Francisco were dynamited to keep the fire from spreading.

The dynamite factory in Hercules relied heavily on Chinese labor until 1913. The Chinese workers lived in simple wooden dormitories close to the plant’s main entrance. The men were charged for their room and meals. Between 1881 and 1908 there were eight deadly explosions. Seventy five percent of the 106  killed were Chinese.  Twenty-four men were killed in a February 1908 explosion, the largest in the history of the plant.  More deadly explosions occurred in 1944, 1948 and 1953.

Hercules had the largest population of the company towns in the East Bay. A guide to 1930s California listed its population at 392, all associated with the factory.  In the 1940’s the company decided to build a fertilizer plant on the site. Hercules Powder was renamed as Hercules, Incorporated.

Hercules California Mesothelioma
Hercules, California

Another major local business was the Pacific Refinery Company, which opened in Hercules in 1976 and for many years, was the largest employer in the city. Originally constructed by Gulf Oil  in 1966, it eventually became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Coastal Petroleum Company.  It ceased  operations in August 1995 and its 219 acre property was dedicated the land to the City of Hercules in 2000. 

Today, Hercules, at the junction of Highway 4 and Interstate 80, is a quiet neighborhood of homes.



The mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley and Greenwood have over 45 years of experience working with mesothelioma lawsuits in Hercules, in Contra Costa County and throughout California. Our mesothelioma lawyers can come to your home to discuss your work history, and to guide you through the mesothelioma lawsuit process.  Occupational exposure to asbestos may have taken place many years in the past, and it is often necessary to take a detailed work history to determine exposure.

Many Hercules mesothelioma lawsuits involve exposure to asbestos that occurred locally within the city. Hercules industries and construction projects have used considerable amounts of asbestos products and asbestos-containing equipment in the past.

Hercules mesothelioma lawsuits have been brought based on asbestos exposure that occurred at many specific worksites around the city including:

  • Hercules Powder (aka Sim-Cal) Hercules – Chemical plant
  • Pacific Oil Refining, Hercules – Refinery

Hercules mesothelioma cases can involve  industrial exposure to asbestos by many different kinds of workers, in a variety of industrial jobs, trades, and occupations, including:

  • Boilermakers
  • Carpenters
  • Construction Workers
  • Custodians
  • Drillers
  • Drywallers
  • Electricians
  • Flooring Installers
  • Foundry Workers
  • Glaziers
  • Home Repair
  • HVAC Repair
  • Insulators
  • Iron Workers
  • Laborers
  • Lathers
  • Machine Operators
  • Machinists
  • Engineers
  • Molders
  • Painters
  • Paintmakers
  • Pipe Installation
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Public Works projects
  • Repairman
  • Riggers
  • Roofers
  • Seaman
  • Sheetmetal Workers
  • Steamfitters
  • Superintendents/Foremen
  • Tiremen
  • Vehicle Repair
  • Welders

The Hercules mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood have brought successful asbestos exposure lawsuits arising from asbestos exposure at many types of worksites in Hercules, across the San Francisco Bay area and throughout California, including:

  • aerospace
  • airports
  • automobile plants
  • chemical plants
  • construction sites
  • electric companies
  • factories
  • food-processing plants
  • foundries
  • garages
  • grocery retailers
  • laboratories
  • lumber yards
  • manufacturing plants
  • military facilities
  • Navy ships
  • oil refineries
  • shipyards

The Hercules mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood have also brought successful “take home” mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of spouses and family members of workers who were exposed to take-home asbestos at their worksites in Hercules and brought the asbestos home on their work clothes.

Asbestos exposed workers in Hercules mesothelioma lawsuits have received care and treatment at hospitals and medical centers throughout the Hercules and in nearby communities in Contra Costa County and in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Contra Costa County treatment centers close to Hercules include:

  • University of California Health Care, UCSF in Walnut Creek
  • Veterans Affairs Clinic in Martinez
  • Stanford Health Care :Alliance Medical Group in Pinole and San Pablo
  • Associated Internal Medicine in San Pablo
  • Bay Valley Medical Group in Danville
  • Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group in Concord, San Pablo, San Ramon and Walnut Creek
  • Diablo Valley ENT in San Ramon and Walnut Creek

Epic Care in Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Pinole, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon and Walnut Creek

  • General Surgery and Cancer Program in Danville
  • Sutter Health :Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Lafayette, Concord, Danville, San Ramon and Walnut Creek
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Antioch
  • Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, Orinda, Richmond and San Ramon
  • Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, Surgery Division in Walnut Creek
  • Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation in Concord



The offices of the mesothelioma law firm of Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood are located in the beautiful Jack London Square area of Oakland, California,  close to Hercules.  The  Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood mesothelioma lawyers are able to file and prosecute cases from Hercules and throughout California.

Hercules mesothelioma lawsuits are considered complex civil litigation and are handled in the Contra Costa County civil court system.  Mesothelioma lawsuits are designated complex litigation. Plaintiffs in Hercules mesothelioma lawsuits are often entitled to preference on the court’s trial calendars, allowing their cases to proceed quickly to trial and resolution.

Over the last four decades, the Hercules mesothelioma Law Firm of Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood has recovered over $4 billion dollars in verdicts and settlements in mesothelioma cases arising throughout California, the San Francisco Bay area, and in the city of Hercules.



If you or someone in your family has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us now to speak with one of our partners. The Hercules mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood will bring their decades of expertise and success to your claim for mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure in Hercules, in the San Francisco Bay Area, and across California. To get a free consultation with one of our mesothelioma attorneys, please call 1-888-887-1238, fill out the form on this page or use our live chat widget.

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